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Int J Health Serv. 1996;26(1):173-85.

Unlabeled milk from cows treated with biosynthetic growth hormones: a case of regulatory abdication.

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School of Public Health West, University of Illinois, Chicago 60612, USA.

Abstract

Levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) are substantially elevated and more bioactive in the milk of cows hyperstimulated with the biosynthetic bovine growth hormones rBGH, and are further increased by pasteurization. IGF-1 is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, as evidenced by marked growth-promoting effects even in short-term tests in mature rats, and absorption is likely to be still higher in infants. Converging lines of evidence incriminate IGF-1 in rBGH milk as a potential risk factor for both breast and gastrointestinal cancers.

PMID:
8932606
DOI:
10.2190/EDK8-T5RC-LUMR-B2H7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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